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Our staff in the newspapers - Lucy's addiction story

'I thought I knew what a heroin addict looked like, then I became one'

By Lucy Connor

Our own Lucy Connor published her story in the Metro newspaper this week. She discusses openly and honestly her own journey through addiction in an attempt to encourage others who are suffering to reach out. Help Me Stop are proud and passionate about having staff who have had their own personal experiences of alcohol and drug issues - something that our clients and their families value highly.

Although initially brought up in a sheltered environment, Lucy quickly got into drugs and alcohol at age 14 when she switched to a mixed school, finding out that she was unable to resist the temptation to drink to excess. Being in a sociable crowd and at the centre of the party was accompanied by a heavy drinking habit, and eventually developed into a dependency on alcohol, heroin and cocaine.

Hiding the truth and manipulating friends and family became the hallmarks of an active addiction and her daily life. She unfortunately experienced several close-death experiences, most notably after an addiction to Nurofen plus which left her on life support and three months in hospital.

Her parents, scared and desperate, sent her to several rehabs. Whilst cocooned in the safety zone of residential rehabs, she never truly prepared herself for real life. Following her last rock bottom in 2016, she realised that she had two options - attempt a successful recovery or surrender to addiction and let it kill her.

An alternative non-residential rehab was one of the turning points of her recovery. Her treatment fitted around real-life commitments, and gave her the motivation to also take on real responsibilities. Recovery finally allowed her to rekindle relationships with her family and repair past friendships that had been so badly damaged by addiction.

Now in recovery for three years, she picks out three learnings (of many):

  1. Complete abstinence is the only option. It proved impossible on several occasions to just have one occasional drink. Once you become an addict, your relationship changes with substances forever.
  2. Addressing your addiction through speaking about it and hearing others’ stories on a regular basis is key. The recovery community continue to play a part in her and many people’s lives who have struggled with addiction.
  3. Addiction can attack anybody, man or woman, rich or poor, old or young, of any culture or ethnicity.

We are very proud to have Lucy as part of the family at Help Me Stop, as she uses her own life experiences to help others with addiction problems.

All of our therapists are in recovery themselves and represent a wide range of ethnicities and background stories. They are all united by Help Me Stop’s vision to make treatment accessible to all those who need it.

Read more about Lucy’s story here: https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/16/i-thought-i-knew-what-a-heroin-addict-looked-like-then-i-became-one-10889606/

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